The PEI Symphony Orchestra presents “Celebrate New Directions” , February 10th 2:30pm, at the Homburg Theatre of the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Our program for this concert:
The PEI Symphony is delighted to partner with Cedar’s Eatery with the latest edition of our popular “Symphony and Supper” special offer. Bring two ticket stubs from the February 10th concert, order two entrées, and receive 50% off the second entrée. Offer valid Sunday February 10th from 4pm to 11pm or Monday February 11th all day, at Cedar’s Eatery at 81 University Avenue.
On Sunday afternoon February 10th the PEI Symphony Orchestra welcomes guest conductor Mark Shapiro as he leads the orchestra to perform the third concert of this 45th season. A resident of New York, Mark Shapiro’s work has been praised by the New York Times for its “virtuosity and assurance,” with “uncommon polish,” and has been characterized by the New Jersey Star-Ledger as “erudite and far-reaching.” Dr. Shapiro is currently music director of the St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra in New York, Artistic Director of Cantori New York, and principal guest conductor of the chamber orchestra Nova Sinfonia in Halifax.
For the concert Dr. Shapiro has chosen Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in e minor, written in 1906. “Romantic music doesn’t come any more romantic than Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony,” wrote musicologist Barry Fogden in 2008. “. . . There is an epic grandeur to this long work which almost overwhelms the listener. The sweeping melodies – what Rachmaninov called his ‘big tunes’ – come thick and fast…” and the famous third movement inspired the 1976 Eric Carmen song, Never Gonna Fall in Love Again.
Dr. Richard Covey teaches music theory, composition and counterpoint at the University of Prince Edward Island. He is the recent winner of the P.E.I. Symphony’s Call For Scores competition in which P.E.I. resident composers were invited to submit works that demonstrate skills in writing for orchestra. His new work entitled Arise is the result, and the PEISO is truly delighted to present the world premiere performance. Dr. Covey explains “…during one of the coldest and darkest times of year, this piece seeks to awaken, motivate and inspire, drawing upon and developing brief motives from inspirational popular music, including Christian contemporary songs…”
The concert will also highlight another young PEI talent Adrian Irvine performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto #1 in g minor. Adrian is this year’s recipient of the Suzanne Brenton Award, given each year to deserving advanced students who have performed exceptionally in the PEI Kiwanis Provincial Music Festival. Bruch’s famous concerto is a beautiful piece to enjoy so close to Valentine’s Day, with its romantic and sweet melodies.
February also features the return of the annual PEI Symphony Fruit Sale fundraiser. A popular tradition for more than thirty years, the Fruit Sale is one of the PEISO’s most important fundraisers and a bright spot in the winter for the people who buy the high quality fruit. Symphony supporters will be able to purchase fruit on Saturday’s at the Charlottetown Farmer’s Market, on Sunday February 10th in the lobby at the PEISO concert, on Thursdays and Fridays at the Confederation Court Mall, or at the main fundraiser depot at 161 St. Peters Road on Fridays and Saturdays. Please check the PEI Symphony website for details and the final schedule.
To help make it easy for families to enjoy the beauty and power of live orchestral music, the PEI Symphony continues to offer discounted tickets for children and students at $15 for any seat in the house.
Come Celebrate your PEI Symphony!
Come Celebrate your PEI Symphony as we celebrate an exciting performance with New York’s newest violin sensation, and PEI’s own Christina Bouey!
“Classic Fireworks” , November 25th 2:30pm, at the Homburg Theatre of the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
With PEI’s Christina Bouey as featured soloist for the demanding and beautiful Brahms’ Violin Concerto, and Stravinski’s Firebird on the program, this is sure to be a highlight concert for the PEI Symphony Orchestra this year!
After more than twelve years of inspired music direction and leadership, and many more years of inestimable contributions to the PEISO, Dr. James Mark has decided to retire as Music Director of the PEI Symphony Orchestra.
This current season of the PEI Symphony will be Dr. Mark’s last full season as Music Director, but Dr. Mark will retain a strong connection to the orchestra and will return for special engagements from time to time. The Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that Dr. Mark will become ‘Conductor Emeritus ‘ for the PEI Symphony Orchestra, effective October 2013.
In the next month the PEISO will be issuing a request for applications for Dr. Mark’s successor. In the meantime, the rest of this 45th season of the PEI Symphony will be a celebration of the incredible contribution Dr. Mark has made since becoming Music Director in 2000, and the wonderful music created under his direction.
For more information please send a message to email@example.com or call 902-892-4333.
Come Celebrate your PEI Symphony as we celebrate the first concert of our 45th season, presented through the very generous support of the Joan & Regis Duffy Foundation!
“Autumn Tempest” , October 14th 2:30pm, at the Homburg Theatre of the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
Don’t miss this stormy premier for our 45th season, featuring two popular classics by Beethoven and Borodin, and new works by two talented PEI composers.
On Sunday October 14th 2011, the PEI Symphony’s 45th season starts with a storm with an exciting new Canadian work entitled Hurricane Juan Piano Concerto, with the composer Peter Allen performing with the orchestra as the featured piano soloist. Peter Allen has continually delighted audiences with his virtuosity and soulful artistry. As a concert pianist, he is often heard on CBC regional and national radio and is well known to audiences in the Maritimes and throughout Canada for his captivating interpretations. Also on the program is the very popular New World Symphony by Dvorak and the Rákóczi March from The Damnation of Faust by Berlioz. This concert has been made possible by the generous support of the Joan & Regis Duffy Foundation.
Commissioned by CBC Radio 2, the Hurricane Juan Piano Concerto was world-premiered by Symphony Nova Scotia in 2008 with Peter Allen as soloist, to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the storm that made such an impact on two provincial capitals. The work features five movements beginning with a ‘pastoral’ and then a second movement which according to Allen expresses the fascination that people feel “when wacky weather starts”. The work then takes an ominous transition to a “much thicker and louder” third movement, “and it’s the longest … because it had to get on your nerves a little bit, just like the storm really did.” The fourth movement features a minimal piano candenza as a transition to the final movement which features bright friendly themes that “mark the camaraderie in the community fostered by the storm”.
“Episodic passages tumbled over one another like a mountain torrent with striking intuitive logic, keeping us on the edge of our seats with its irresistible power” Halifax Chronicle Herald, Sept 28 2008
Peter Allen is currently Associate Professor of Piano at Dalhousie University’s Department of Music, and conducts the Dalhousie Symphony Orchestra.
Also on the program, the Rákóczi March is sometimes referred to as the unofficial state anthem of Hungary. The first version of this anonymous march-song dates from the early 18th century, created to lament the misfortune of the Magyars under the Habsburgs. Refined in the 19th century, the song inspired many references including the popular version Hector Berlioz included within his larger composition La Damnation de Faust in 1846. Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) was a key French composer and conductor known for many works including Symphonie Fantastique, for influencing the development of the Romantic movement with composers like Wagner, Rimsky-Korsakov, Liszt, Mahler and others, and for his contributions to modern instrumentation and orchestration.
The Symphony No. 9 in E Minor “From the New World”, is by far the most popular work by Antonín Dvořák, and one of the most popular works in the entire repertoire for any symphony orchestra. Often known as the New World Symphony, it was written in 1893 while Dvořák was the director of the New York Conservatory. Dvořák claimed to be greatly inspired by Native American music and the African-American spirituals, and felt strongly that North American music should focus on this rich foundation. Others hear the folk music of his native Bohemia in the New World Symphony, but all classical music lovers can find something to treasure in this famous and easily recognizable work.
To help make it easy for families to enjoy orchestral music together, the PEI Symphony continues to offer discounted tickets for youth and students at $15 for any seat in the house.
The PEI Symphony is delighted to continue our partnership with The Maple Grille restaurant with the popular “Symphony and Supper” special offer. Bring two ticket stubs from the October 14th concert, order two entrées, and receive 50% off the second entrée. This offer is valid for reservations only on Sunday October 14th and Monday October 15th at The Maple Grille at 67 University Avenue.
At 1:15pm PEISO Conductor James Mark will host our regular Pre-Concert Talk’ in Studio One. UPEI musicologist Annette Campbell and PEISO Composer-In-Residence Jim O’Leary join Dr. Mark to discuss the music of the afternoon concert, along with interesting aspects of its composition, performance and history
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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The PEI Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce the program for its’ upcoming 45th season, which includes a number of featured guests and highlights. The subscription series includes four concerts this year, three under the skilled direction of music director and conductor Dr. James Mark, and for the first time in years the PEI Symphony welcomes a guest conductor!
On October 14th 2012, the season starts with a storm with a new Canadian work entitled Hurricane Juan Piano Concerto featuring composer and piano soloist Peter Allen. As a concert pianist, Peter Allen is often heard on CBC regional and national radio and is well known to audiences in the Maritimes and throughout Canada for his captivating interpretations, and soulful artistry. Also on the program is the very popular New World Symphony by Dvorak and the Rackoczy March from The Damnation of Faust by Berlioz.
On November 25th, the orchestra is pleased to welcome rising PEI violin soloist Christina Bouey to perform Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Major, and excited to perform the dynamic and famous The Firebird by Stravinsky! The program also features the Overture to Hänsel und Gretel by Humperdinck and The Dolly Suite by Fauré.
For the first concert of 2013, on February 10th the PEI Symphony Orchestra welcomes guest conductor Mark Shapiro. His work has been praised by the New York Times for its “virtuosity and assurance,” which also remarked on its “uncommon polish,” and characterized by the New Jersey Star-Ledger as “erudite and far-reaching.” Shapiro is currently music director of the St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra in New York, Artistic Director of Cantori New York, and principal guest conductor of the chamber orchestra Nova Sinfonia in Halifax whom he has led in performances of works by Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, Schubert, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky. This program will feature Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in e minor, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, and a new work by PEI composer Dr. Richard Covey.
Dr. Covey is the recent winner of the PEI Symphony’s Call For Scores competition. Earlier this year PEI resident composers were invited to submit works that demonstrate skills in writing for orchestra or large ensemble. From the submitted works, Dr. Covey was selected by jury, and commissioned to create a new work for the PEISO’s February 2013 concert!
The February program also features another rising PEI violin talent Adrian Irvine, who is the featured soloist for the Violin Concerto No. 1 by Bruch. Adrian was recently awarded the Suzanne Brenton Award which is given each year to deserving advanced students who have performed exceptionally in the PEI Kiwanis Provincial Music Festival.
For the final concert of the 2012-2013 subscription series, on April 14 the PEI Symphony Orchestra led by Dr. Mark will perform Mozart’s Symphony No. 25, the fun and popular Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns, and the world premiere of another new work by the PEISO’s Composer-in-Residence Jim O’Leary, which will feature international jazz recording artist, Paul Tynan.
PEISO Season Subscriptions are on sale now, and offer the bargain of 4 PEISO concerts for the price of 3. For subscription forms and more information call 892-4333. Tickets to individual concerts will go on sale at the Confederation Centre Box Office in mid-September.